More than half of all women expecting a child suffer onsets of morning sickness. It is generally brought about by a higher estrogen level, a lower blood sugar level, as well as the individual reaction to smells. Sickness symptoms often begin to manifest themselves early in the morning and wear away gradually into the afternoon.
The onsets of morning sickness can vary from mild attacks to bad nausea with vomiting impulses. The woman can’t get rid of the condition altogether but there are ways she can alleviate the symptoms and make them more bearable.
- Get sufficient rest during the night – make sure it is quiet and dark in the bedroom so that your sleep is uninterrupted, use a sleep mask and dark glasses or other means of shutting out possible disturbances. You can secure a comfortable position of your back and baby bump with a maternity body pillow. Daytime naps will also contribute to a better overall feeling. After you have eaten take some time before resuming your activities.
- Once you’ve woken up, never jump out of bed and avoid making abrupt movements, take it slow.
- Stay off fatty food and dishes that are heavily seasoned; caffeine should also be better avoided.
- It’s best not to go about with an empty stomach which may aggravate the feeling of nausea but eat small portions of food regularly throughout the day to keep up strength – it can subdue the symptoms significantly.
- Many mothers report that leading a physically active life helps assuage sickness even though there is a desire to stay idle when you’re feeling poor.
- A well-hydrated body is conducive to good health, especially during pregnancy. Eight glasses are considered to constitute a normal dose of drink per day. In some cases women find it hard to drink so much during an onset of sickness, but they really should try to since dehydration aggravates nausea. If you have to make yourself drink, it’s easier to do this with cold beverages.
- Ginger is known as a means of calming down the stomach, and, according to scientists, it also helps control nausea. You can get some relief with a little cold ginger ale or water or other drinks with a slice of ginger added.
- You can start taking children’s vitamins instead of regular pre-natal vitamins – they are easier on the stomach.
- Acute nausea and vomiting may in some cases be caused by acid reflux. The stomach acid level and the consequent vomiting impulses can be controlled by antacid medication taken before sleeping, but you should consult your doctor about it – just like you should about taking any medicine.